Enroll in this FREE 6-part video lesson course about how to start playing the saxophone by ear using just 5 notes!
There is a crucial difference between what I teach and what everyone else does, and it is why my students get faster results and eventually achieve their goals on the saxophone rather than staying stuck in a rut or worse, giving up.
It will work for you too, absolutely guaranteed. I know this because this secret can be found in all of the music you listen to, love and would like to learn to play.
One of my students summed it up best like this:
Instead of having to learn very complex music theory
how to read sheet music
and a long list of other things…
We are going to start out by learning a simple group of 5 notes called the pentatonic scale.
I’m going to show you how you can get incredible mileage out of these 5 notes and before we ever even talk about all the other complexities of music, we can learn to play popular song melodies and improvise solos that sound great.
Have a look at Gary’s recording credits here.
If someone with a resume like that can play solos with only 5 notes, then so can you!
Every note that you heard him play came from this pentatonic scale I’m going to teach you about. (he plays 2 other notes at the very end, but I can show you those too.)
Btw, the trumpet solo that follows…
Only notes from the pentatonic scale were used to build that solo as well.
Not only can this group of notes be used to play solos like the ones you just heard, it is also the foundation for countless melodies throughout the history of every musical style.
Here’s one melody out of literally hundreds of examples you most certainly know already:
Superstition by Stevie Wonder (30 second clip below)
every note you just heard was from the pentatonic scale that I’m about to show you.
“if this secret is so simple and can really be heard in all styles of music, why am I hearing about this for the first time from you?”
The reason has to do with the standard, conventional way music has been taught for centuries.
In my own quest to learn how to play the music I love, I went to a 4 year music school studying classical and jazz saxophone performance, then did a 2 year masters degree in jazz performance where I learned all the intricacies of music at a very deep level and no one ever told me the secrets I’m about to reveal to you.
I figured it out on my own while touring the world with an acoustic cover band that played private parties for very rich folks in exotic places. (that’s a story for another time)
Everyone, including myself, learns to play saxophone by one of 2 approaches, which are basically the same thing.
Both of these schools make what should be simple and direct into a very complex process that, according to them, requires you to take lots of lessons and classes with professors and buy textbooks and method books, and learn a helluva lot of stuff that will leave you scratching your head thinking:
Listen to this 25 second clip…
That was the legendary B.B. King who was one of my personal guitar heros along with the other gentlemen seated next to him. Jimmy Vaughan (SRV’s brother), Robert Cray, and Eric Clapton.
And yes, once again, what you just heard was played using exclusively the 5 notes I’ve been talking about.
When you get a minute watch the full version of that video. They each take a solo and about 98% of the notes they all play in all of their solos are from… you guessed it, the amazing, versatile and not to mention bluesy, pentatonic scale.
The best part is that you can and will learn to do all of this…
So if you don’t know how to read music, great, it just makes what we’re trying to do more complicated.
If you do already read music, that’s fine too, but I’m going to ask you not to, and for this system to work, you will have to trust me and put the sheet music away for a while.
So, if you’ve been wanting to learn to play music like you heard in the above audio examples, but felt that it was out of your reach, or too complicated, you were wrong.
Many of my students are able to play familiar songs by ear without looking at any sheet music within the first hour of taking my Pentatonic Foundation Course. Playing completely improvised solos follows shortly after.
This system works for saxophone players of all levels.
Even total beginners are able to advance quickly when they follow this method as a recent student explained in his email to me below…
I’d like to reveal to you my simple system for learning how to play tons of music like the examples you heard on this page and more, entirely by ear.
It’s called the Play Sax By Ear Crash Course…
This course gets delivered via email. You will receive an email from me containing instructions and a link to a video lesson each day for a week.